Georgetown, South Australia

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Georgetown
South Australia
Georgetown is located in South Australia
Georgetown
Georgetown
Coordinates 33°22′0″S 138°24′0″E / 33.36667°S 138.40000°E / -33.36667; 138.40000Coordinates: 33°22′0″S 138°24′0″E / 33.36667°S 138.40000°E / -33.36667; 138.40000
Population 119 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 5472
Location
LGA(s) Northern Areas Council
State electorate(s) Frome
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Georgetown:
Gladstone West Bundaleer
Huddleston Georgetown Bundaleer Gardens, Washpool
Narridy Gulnare Spalding

Georgetown is a town in the Mid North region of South Australia. The town is in the Northern Areas Council, 196 kilometres (122 mi) north of the state capital, Adelaide on the Horrocks Highway (Main North Road). At the 2006 census, Georgetown had a population of 119.[1]

Georgetown was one of the first towns to be surveyed in the upper Mid North when the Strangways Act was passed in 1869 to authorise resumption of pastoral leases to enable closer settlement for more intensive farming purposes. It was surveyed in 1869, along with Redhill.[2] It was the seat of the District Council of Georgetown from 1876 to 1988, but following two successive amalgamations with neighbouring councils, it is now part of the Northern Areas Council.[3]

Georgetown was on the Gladstone railway line from Adelaide. This was constructed in 1894 as 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge. It was converted to 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) broad gauge in 1927 and closed in 1988.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Georgetown (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b Bell, Peter (1998). "The Heritage of the upper North: a short history". Professional Historians Association (South Australia). Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Georgetown". Northern Areas Council. Retrieved 30 March 2016.